The wild is the hunting ground of the most dangerous predators out there, though some predators inhabit urban areas as well. Some animals are designed for speed and agility which comes in handy in the game of survival. However, there are those animals, whose natural design have made them into lean, efficient, hunting machines. Check out these 25 most dangerous predators in the wild. If you see one of these bad boys…run.
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Hyenas may not pose much of a threat during the day, but it’s an entirely different ballgame at night. As the most common large carnivore in Africa they have been known to hunt humans although this behavior tends to happen during wartime and disease outbreaks due to their strong affinity for human corpses.
Stellar Sea Lion
Also known as the northern sea lion, it is a near threatened species of sea lion that mostly inhabits the northern Pacific. A skilled and opportunistic predator, it feeds on a wide range of fish and even larger animals such as seals.
Although not typically seen as dangerous to humans, red foxes have been a nuisance towards human populations in the past, especially for farmers and others relying on livestock for their livelihood. This species of fox has a long history in folklore and typically expands its territory along with human populations.
While raccoons are hunted for their fur, there are now an increasing number of them in the urban areas due to the lost of their natural habitats. While these little creatures are not predators, you must still be wary of them as their bites can cause viral illness that cans result in death if treatment is not given right away. This has been a re-emerging public threat, so the best option is still not to approach them even if you saw them plundering your trash.
Tse Tse Fly
Also known as tik-tik flies, these are large blood sucking flies that inhabit much of Africa, between the Sahara and the Kalahari deserts. Although they are not your typical predator they do carry diseases like African sleeping sickness that can wreak havoc and kill hundreds of thousands of people every year.
Extremely omnivorous, wild boar will eat almost anything they come across from berries and nuts to insects and even small deer. They are extremely defensive and if cornered they will almost certainly attack.
The most reclusive of the large cats and often confused for cheetahs, leopards are opportunistic hunters that prey on smaller mammals and rodents, especially in cases where other food sources are unavailable. They have smaller physical builds than lions, so they normally hunt at night to avoid confrontation. They have also developed an exceptional ability to climb trees and drag large carcasses along with them.
Like the tse tse fly, mosquitos are not really predators as much as they are parasites. They do, however, manage to cause more death and destruction than most creatures on the planet thanks to their unrivaled ability to transmit disease. In some sense you could say mosquitos are one of the more dangerous animals on the planet.
Although all bears can be aggressive predators, grizzlies are well known for being extremely protective and prone to attack humans. Of course, this sort of behavior doesn’t usually occur unless the mother feels as though her cubs are being threatened.
Out of all the different species of freshwater fish, the piranha with its sharp teeth and voracious appetite for meat is the most fearsome. Some Brazilian rivers even have warning signs as these ferocious predators can consume entire animals or humans in just a matter of seconds.
With a daily requirement of 15 pounds of meat, the African lion is a well known apex predator that spends most of its time on the hunt. Primarily nocturnal, lions do not typically hunt humans although they have been known to do so in the past. These lions are usually large males and have come to be known as man-eaters.
A large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands, komodo dragons are not picky eaters. They will scavenge everything from birds to water buffalos, and even dig human remains from shallow graves. It is a good thing that they only need to feed once a month and the low number of human attacks can be attributed to their limited interactions.
Australian Saltwater Crocodile
Mostly found in Northern Australia and other parts of Southeast Asia, it takes 30 years for this breed of crocodile to reach its full size. However, saltwater crocodiles are also considered highly opportunistic and territorial predators, so they may also have the tendency to treat humans as prey once they enter their territory.
The world’s largest venomous snake can reach a length of 5.6 m and is found predominantly in the forest. Although it is not the most toxic poisonous snake, it can kill an elephant with just one bite. It tracks its prey by site and smell; and then kills its prey by striking, injecting it with venom, and swallowing it whole. An aggressive predator, its preferred diet includes other venomous and non-venomous snakes, birds, and small reptiles.
A species of canid that is native to the remote areas and wilderness of North America and Eurasia; they share similar characteristics in appearance and proportions to the German shepherd except with longer legs, a larger head, and bigger paws. An apex predator throughout its range, it tends to feed on large mammals and livestock. Attacks on humans are rare but if food is scarce enough then this particular species of wolf has been known to extend its list of prey to include humans.
Also known as the Monkey-eating Eagle, the national bird of the philippines eats everything from bats and snakes to deer, dogs, and of course…monkeys.
Great White Shark
Despite their bad image in the media and in the movies, studies show that the Great White Sharks don’t have much of an appetite for humans due to the human body’s bony nature. They prefer fattier seals and other marine animals but will often confuse people, boats, and other structures for prey.
When swimming, be careful where you tread as you may step onto a stonefish, which you can easily mistake for a rock as it lies camouflaged underneath the ocean floor. Found in the coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific oceans, the Caribbean and the coasts of Florida, it is the most venomous fish in the world and can kill large animals very quickly.
One of the few jellyfish species that exhibit intentional motion, they actively pursue their prey and use their insanely powerful venom to subdue them.
Poison Dart Frog
Do not ever think of having this pint-sized frog for your pet. Their backs ooze with slimy lipophilic alkaloid neurotoxins designed to serve as their natural defense against larger predators. The most poisonous dart frog species is Phyllobates terribilis, which have enough toxins to kill 10 people. It can kill you by touch alone especially if you have a cut on your hand.
Brown Recluse Spider
Distinct for their violin-shaped markings, these spiders hide in dark places such as sheds, garages, closets, etc. where they build irregular webs. They also favor cardboard as it mimics rotting tree bark, which is their natural habitat. Contact with humans usually occurs when their isolated spaces are threatened or disturbed but their bites can cause serious tissue damage.
When it comes to Madagascar the fossa is king. It is the largest mammalian carnivore on the island and therefore sits at the top of its food chain.
A highly venomous scorpion found in North Africa and the Middle East, it is responsible for over 75 percent of scorpion-related deaths every year.
Although not known to attack humans as much as its relative the Bengal tiger, the Siberian tiger is fond of attacking large prey including brown and black bears. It is also the largest felid or “big cat” in the world.
Known as the killer whale, orca, or blackfish, orca whales have a diverse diet, though they prefer prey such as walruses, lions, seals, and other large whales. They are considered an apex predator because they lack natural predators and reside at the top of their food chain. Although there are recorded attacks on humans, experts are not sure whether they were deliberate or simply cases of mistaken identity.